The loyalty that led Gandhi to assist the British army in the Boer War

The loyalty that led Gandhi to assist the British army in the Boer War

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Unformatted text preview: The loyalty that led Gandhi to assist the British army in the Boer War, it should be noted, was no pro forma matter. Gandhi's views on the subject of empire would later alter dramatically, but at this point in his life, and indeed, until the 1920s, he was an ardent British patriot, and his pro-British stance resulted from much thought. The Empire, he felt, embodied the principles of equality and liberty that he believed in, and he regarded the racist policies of the South African states as an aberration, rather than a defining trait, of British rule. Indeed, he saw the Raj as benevolent rather than tyrannical; despite its flaws, he believed that the Empire had been good for India, and that the ideals of the British constitution merited the loyalty of all British subjects across the globe, white, black and Indian alike. The man who would later bring down white rule in India could black and Indian alike....
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